Why the Baltimore Orioles Should Wait to Give Matt Wieters Huge Extension

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Why the Baltimore Orioles Should Wait to Give Matt Wieters Huge Extension
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There’s not much you can say about Matt Wieters other than he is one of the best defensive catchers in all of baseball, and he has the 2012 AL Gold Glove award for backstops to prove it.

Not to mention, although he has not posted the most impressive numbers offensively, he is still learning and growing at the major league level; he has only been in the league for four years now and is still just 26-years-old.

Each season, his power numbers continue to increase steadily as he becomes better and better at the dish. There’s no doubt he will be one of the best all-around catchers over the next couple of seasons.

However, in the meantime, I think it would be smart of the Orioles if they hold back on offering a huge extension to their Gold Glove backstop.

Yes, he has proven he can do wonders behind the plate and has a great throwing arm, but I think they can offer him a two or three-year deal worth $20 million or so. Last season, Wieters was making only $500,000, and his contract expired at the end of the year. Although he was hoping for a longer extension, there were no hard feelings after he accepted the deal.

As of mid-January, the switch-hitting backstop agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million dollar deal that has him signed through the end of this season. He is still under the Orioles control for the next three seasons, and we will see what type of deal they offer him at the conclusion of this year.

While the Birds are continuing to expand their roster and solidify their young talent, I think they can get away with enticing the South Carolina native to a couple of more years, but not offer more than $10 million a year.

Check out the four reasons why I think the Baltimore Orioles would be smart not to offer a huge contract extension to Matt Wieters yet.

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